Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind ★★★★★

Nominated for eight Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards, Close Encounters of the Third Kind concerns an Indiana native, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) whose existence is profoundly altered after an encounter with an unidentified flying object. Written and directed by Steven Spielberg, who portrays the first encounter between humans and aliens as gentle and agreeable on both sides instead of the commonly depicted hostilities from many previous sci-fi movies, albeit with plenty of secretiveness and underhandedness by the government.

It’s a movie which is not so much about aliens than it is about what inspires and scares humanity collectively, while cleverly evading the provision to imply more reasonable definitions and never allowing the more dubious elements of the narrative to attain a firm hold. Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey) served as the visual effects supervisor, and The spaceships remain indisputably impressive along with the aliens, which were developed by Carlo Rambaldi.

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